Nice Girl

Nice Girl NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Clever, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intelligent

About the Show

Labyrinth Theater's world-premiere set in the 1980s about a 37-year old woman who has become an accidental spinster.

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Exquisite, Intelligent

See it if If you like great stories about real people. Just go and see every show at this theater, they always do a great time.

Don't see it if If you don't like a good drama. There is not fluff to this, just real people and their real shitty lives.

Clever, Romantic, Quirky, Great writing

See it if you want to see a new 'coming-of-age' story

Don't see it if you like big shows... this one is small and meant to be kept close to your heart

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
May 27th, 2015

"A tenderly drawn drama by Melissa Ross about stunted lives in a middle-class suburb of Boston...The most affecting passages are the scenes between Jo and Donny, in which they sit on the porch and gradually reveal the loneliness and disappointment that have settled in their hearts...Although it’s a modest play, 'Nice Girl' never strikes a dishonest note."
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New York Post
May 27th, 2015

"Mimi O’Donnell and playwright Ross share the soft touch needed for a story that could easily derail into caricature, especially since it takes place in 1984, complete with references to Tab, Jane Fonda workout videos and Lean Cuisine...The cast is very good at creating real people whose decisions you understand, no matter how dumb or short-sighted they may seem...By the end of the play, we can only hope they’re going to be OK — that while they won’t ever finish first, at least they won’t be last."
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New York Daily News
May 27th, 2015

"Gentle, old-fashioned heart-tugger casts an insistent spell, even when she lays it on too thick...It’s a simple story that makes you ponder the age-old dilemma about women having it all. There’s so much warmth generated, you root for Jo to have just a little bit more."
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Lighting & Sound America
May 27th, 2015

"So much of 'Nice Girl' is so observant, so accurate, and so unsentimental that it's a sad duty to report that it doesn't fully satisfy...Too many of the later scenes don't build dramatically. Just when the characters' emotions should be reaching a boiling point, the playwright resets the temperature at medium."
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Theatre is Easy
May 28th, 2015

"Strong performances from the cast and a detailed, well-designed set help to make this an enthralling production. While the plot and premise of 'Nice Girl' may not sound particularly unique or enticing, this appealing and compelling piece is proof that a high-quality production featuring exceptional actors can make what might seem like a run of the mill storyline into something extraordinary."
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Theater Pizzazz
May 31st, 2015

"The pacing of the show makes the two hours, 15 minutes go by quickly...The acting is superb. The lights complement each scene and the sound brings you back to the eighties and affirms the setting easily...The ending leaves us with just as many questions as it does answers and the smallest grain of hope rests in the last moment. Perhaps this play will even inspire you to believe in the possibility of change."
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Front Row Center
May 28th, 2015

"The most shocking thing about the Labyrinth Theater’s latest offering is that this troupe, known for its intensity, would choose such a tame and familiar vehicle as Melissa Ross’ 'Nice Girl.' Not that there’s anything particularly wrong with that. This is a solid, sentimental and ultimately satisfying production; just not a terribly jarring or original one."
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Exeunt Magazine
May 26th, 2015

"This is a world of modest dreams, and happiness always feels just slightly out of reach. Yet there is a sense of hope that gives momentum to the play. And in spite of the serious struggles of the characters, the play manages to be quite funny – sort of embracing the spirit of you have to laugh or else you’ll cry."
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New York Theater
May 29th, 2015

"The flaws in the script are masked by smooth direction, and by some lovely performances by the would-be couple...If her oft-stated regrets start feeling uncomfortably like an annoying self-pity, 'Nice Girl' is rescued from such wallowing by the presence of two other characters."
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The Huffington Post
May 28th, 2015

"'Nice Girl,' beautifully written by Melissa Ross, follows the quiet rhythms of characters, particularly Jo, ruminating in silence. This was before cellphones and other distracting devices stole our reflecting time, so Jo's inner life engages us...Under Mimi O'Donnell's superb direction, 'Nice Girl's' wistful wisdom makes for excellent theater."
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As Her World Turns
June 29th, 2015

"On the surface, this play is deceptively simple, but playwright Melissa Ross dives into the deep end, exploring Jo’s world with layers and nuance and tremendous heart... Every line of dialogue counts here. Ross’s observations about life and happiness strike more than few chords. Each beat of this play rings true and I was fully engaged from start to finish. I hope this gem of a script has life beyond this production."
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Epoch Times
June 2nd, 2015

"In the sensitive hands of director Mimi O’Donnell, each character’s complexities are brought out...'Nice Girl' digs into the souls of some ordinary people, searching for their own right path."
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New York Theatre Review
May 27th, 2015

"'Nice Girl' offers a tidy (if somewhat predictable) plot, but O’Donnell’s skilled direction exacts momentum, depth, and comic relief from a strong cast. Ross’ writing burns brightest during mother-daughter scenes...Jo wants rebirth, and 'Nice Girl' exposes her first brave step toward independence – openness."
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